Knife Crime in London
Seemingly not a week goes past in the capital where we don’t hear about another stabbing - another needless and tragic waste of life. To put this into perspective, in 2017 there have been 31 fatalities including 10 teenage lives which we’ve lost in London alone to crimes involving knives.
Carrying a knife has seemingly become as common an accessory as a wallet or a mobile phone for our young people. According to the Metropolitan police the number of children carrying knives in schools rose by almost 50% over the past two years.
If we focus on Southwark it won’t be surprising for many of the local community reading this to learn that the borough now has the worst knife crime rate out of all of the London Boroughs with an average of more than two incidents involving knives happening every day.
Incidents of Knife crime increased nearly 46% in the last year in the borough, and similar figures apply to those incidents where someone was injured. Not only does the borough have the worst crime rates in London but it also has the worst conviction rates.
The list of damning statistics continues to increase daily and points to one thing: knife crime seems to have taken over the streets of London.
Whilst there are no easy answers to the current crisis that isn’t to say that an awful lot of time and energy isn’t being put into efforts by the local communities to tackle the issue and bring peace to our local neighbourhoods.
But more can be done with your support!
Southwark Peace Garden
The creation of a Peace Garden was born out of a strong community desire to recognise and reflect upon the tragedies that have resulted from knife and other violent crime. This project will represent a bold, symbolic statement of the community’s commitment to action.
The Southwark Peace Garden is a symbol of peace and hope. The centre point of the garden will be a globe-shaped sculpture made from surrendered and decommissioned knives, representing transformation from instruments of violence to a symbol of peace.
The location of the Peace Garden is significant. The premises in which it is located were built in the 1930s as ‘Clubland’ to serve the young people of the area and to provide life-enhancing skills and opportunities. Partly bombed during the Second World War and rebuilt with much effort, the Walworth Methodist Church is now home to a wide range of community organisations in Southwark.
The Peace Garden has been designed by students at Chelsea and Camberwell Colleges of Arts and the Royal College of Physicians will donate plants from its garden of medicinal plants, all of which have healing properties which symbolise our hopes for the healing of the community.